10 Rías Baixas Albariño – James Melendez

It had been a while since I had tasted Rías Baixas Albariño – I was on an online tasting with Snooth.  This was the largest tasting I had ever done online ever.  I loved the variance of Rías Baixas Albariño there wasn’t a particular bandwidth of characterization–instead the expression was on the producer and even subregions.

I love that I was tasting just a mainline white wine but another variety.  One of Spain’s best white wines.  While Galicia has a very seafood dominate cuisine–and I am a huge seafood fan–these wines can pair easily with a variety of dishes: pasta and white sauces, pesto, Gouda, burgers, pizza, Jamon, oysters, mussels and much more.

Here are my notes from each wine I tasted:

Vionta Rías Baixas Albariño 2015 

Delightfully dry and full of character; 12.5% ABV

Scent: beeswax, green, yellow cities peel, moist granite, flowers and white tea

Palate: Meyer lemon, quince, white flowers and a savory note of sesame.


Martin Codax Rías Baixas Albariño 2015 

Scent: white peach, oyster shell, passion fruit, and star fruit

Palate: mineral approach gives way to Sicilian lemon, white peach, salinity and essence of white fig.

12.5% ABV


Bodegas Terras Gauda Abadía de San Campio Rías Baixas Albariño  2015

Scent: White stone fruit orchard, green apple, and green citrus

Palate: hint of graphite, sesame, mineral, salinity, lemon confit, and white nectarine

12.5% ABV


Pazo de San Mauro Rías Baixas Albariño 2015

Scent: passion fruit, star fruit, orange fleshy tropical fruit-honey, beeswax, white tea and flowers ->

Palate: hint of dried flowers-saffron, oyster shell, salinity gold citrus peel



Robalino Rías Baixas Albariño 2016

Scent: beautiful floweral notes, orange blossom, citron, crushed oyster shell

Palate: hint of marshmallow; graphite, buddha hand, white pepper and lemon rind.



Valminor Rías Baixas Albariño 2015 

Scent: minerally, graphite, white pepper, and tea.

Palate: Crushed sea shell, crisp green apple, beeswax; graphite, white pepper, lemon/orange peel and tea

12.5% ABV


Altos de Torona Rías Baixas Albariño 2015

A lovely balance of acid to fruit and mineral.

Scent: crushed, shells, sea air, delicate flower garden

Palate:  Passionfruit, orange marmalade, moist stones and dried apples.

13% ABV


Condes de Albarei Rías Baixas Albariño 2015

Scent: orange blossom, graphite, pine nut, kumquat

Palate:  rocks in a stream, sesame, white peach, and green-yellow citrus and pulp

12.5% ABV


Pazo Senorans Rías Baixas Albariño 2016

Scent sun dried river rocks, jasmine, green app,e and comic pear,

Palate:  white nectarine, green to gold citrus zest and peel, hint of almond and moist stones

13.5% ABV


Santiguo Ruiz Rías Baixas Albariño 2015

Scent: orange blossom, honey comb, crisp green pear and acratic fig,

Palate:  moist stones, citrus peel, almond, bergamot, and sesame

13% ABV


Wines courtesy of Snooth and each producer




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About James Melendez

I have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.
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